Alice Hoffman works I have so far read:
The Marriage of Opposites- 2015
"Everything My Mother Taught Me" - 2016
"The Book Store Sisters" -2022
The Foretelling - 2006
"Conjure" - 2014
The Ice Queen - 2006
Property Of -1977
This is the tenth work by Alice Hoffman I have read. (Magic Lessons is one of four books in a series on a family, the Owens.)
This work impacted me more than the previous ten works by Alice Hoffman I have so far read. I felt a deep kingship with the lead characters.
Magic Lessons traces an old curse to its starting point. Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
The story begins in England, then Maria is transported as an indentured servant to Curago then onto Massachusetts. Each location is marvelously realized. Maria hides her powers.
I have begun to notice recurring items in Hoffmann, Women with red hair, strong bonds between women and animals, young girls retreating from the world in books,and journeys into the wild. Love is dangerous.
Included is a book club discussion primer and a Q and A with Alice Hoffman.